Sunday, January 27, 2008

Immortality-- sort of

An interesting thougt occured to me last night at around 12:20 am (having stayed up until midnight reading blogs) that concerned the sock blankie: Socks are not a permanent thing in any way. If you use them right, they wear out. But in a blankie, the memory of socks can be immortalized through their leftover yarn. Blankies don't usually wear out if you be nice do them. Cool, huh?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

A journey of a thousand miles...

...begins with a single square.
This is the start of a project that will probably take me many years. I'm going to make a blanket out of sock yarn, like the one made by Shelly, *chirp chirp* Yes, I know that sound quite crazy, thank you very much. I am fully aware of the commitment I am starting, but that's the beauty of it: I am not going to rush this, I will knit it at my leisure and infuse it with good karma and happy memories, and end up with a piece of art that will keep me warm on a cool night. It also seems fitting that the first square of this enormous endeavor should be leftover from my first pair of socks(that were actually usable, that is).

First memory: Today I got my application for Lead 2008, a developmental program for a week this summer, by invitation only, for teenage girls who display good leadership potential. I've been selected as one out of five girls in my whole class(and my school is pretty big) to go to this thing, and gosh darnit I'm going. I think it will be pretty useful, as my plan is to own and manage my own business after college(a yarn shop, since you ask). I'm really psyched.

By the way, if you have any oddments of sock yarn you are not really attached to, I'll be glad to take them off your hands. I'm going to need all the help I can get, since this is what I have as of now:
But let's not forget the ineveitable leftovers from the socks for Thing 1, in this yarn:
Socks for young girl+good yardage of Tofutsies= plenty of leftovers

And of course the leftover from my latest pair of socks, basic toe-up in Trekking XXL, colorway 186.

Another pair of toe-up Trekking socks, this time with a twist(pun intended).
These are in colorway 188, which reminded me of stormy weather the moment I saw it.
I did a 3x3 rib and moved it over one stitch every 2 rows. The effect is lovely, but I found that I really don't like having to pay that much attention to my socks. I'll stick to stockinette, thank you very much.
The first handtowel of the set, and yarn for the other two. I really like the stitching at the ends that ties all the colors together. At first I tried to do the stitching as I went, but decide it would just be easier and faster to wait until I was done and use a darning needle.

These towels are quite simple, just stockinette with a nice wide seed stitch border. They require just enough concentration to keep my brain from turning to mush.

Friday, January 25, 2008

It's a Small World

Picture this with me: I'm at school today, casually strolling sort of fast down the hall on my way to English. These 2 guys walk past me in the other direction(well, a lot of guys did, but we're not talking about them right now), and one of them is wearing a cool hat. I saw it and thought imediately, "That looks handmade." I couldn't tell if it was knit or crochet, cuz it was black and it was going by rather fast. But I heard the guys talking, about the hat no less.
Guy A: "Cool hat, man."
Guy B(the one with the hat): "Yeah, my sister made it." This statement piqued my interest.
Guy A: "Really?"
Guy B: "Yeah, man, she knits!" This statement almost made me stop dead in my tracks. I really wanted to go grab the guy(gently, of course) and question him about this sister of his, but I really didn't want to freak him out, and I really didn't want to be late for English. It was still really cool. Maybe I'll see him tomorrow...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Episode 6: Return of the Knitter

I'm back from my fabulous Wyoming adventure! We did a lot of snowy stuff, ate a lot of good food, but I know what you're here for is the knitting, so I'll cut to the chase.
These are my first toe-up socks, and also my official Wyoming socks, since I bought the yarn in Wyoming, bought the needles in Wyoming, and knit almost all of them in Wyoming. The needles are DPNs in US sizes 1 and 0, and the yarn is Trekking XXL, color 100. I am in love, completely and utterly.

Since they were toe-up, I could make them as tall as I wanted without fear of running out of yarn. They're about 7 1/2" tall from the top of the heel, and I had a suprising amount left over(no pic here, go check out my Ravelry)

This is part of my Christmas present to myself, bought at the same adoreable yarn shop as the other color...
...and this is the rest of my present. From left to right: Clover Takumi bamboo needles, sizes 9, 11, and 13; Clover Takumi bamboo DPNs, size 1, set of 5; Lantern Moon Rosewood Sox Stix, size 0, set of 5.

I've never trusted tiny wood and bamboo needles, not believing that they would stand up to much pressure. But knew I was going to have to start a pair of socks in my luscuious new yarn, and I didn't have any of the right sizes with me(in Wyoming, I mean. They were at home). The store didn't carry any of the right sizes in metal, so I sucked it up and got some. Turns out that they're fine, and I'm in love.
This was part of my present from Mom, a very wise move on her part. I think my favorite is Mason-Dixon, but I love them all.
This is a to-be-felted bag that I took with me to knit on the trip. It's 95% done, and will stay that way for a bit because I need another ball of yarn.
This is a pair of socks I started last week, with the sacred bamboo needles and that grey yarn above.
They're inspired by the Yarn Harlot's rotating rib socks, but I've personalized them and now they're the Cyclone Socks.
Another thing my mom got me was a spindle kit from Hello Yarn, and I've been practicing. It's a simple top-whorl spindle and 8 oz. of Romney top wool. I couldn't get a pic of my first yarn up(check my Ravelry, it's there) but this is my second yarn. My first was expectedly uneven, but my main problem was that the twist was buliding up in the thin bits and leaving the thick bits all fluffy and unspun. I found in my second yarn that if I kept a smaller amount of fiber in my hand, I didn't get the big lumps so much.
I'm still majorly overtwisting, but I'm working on that as we speak.
Like my cotton pyramid? Not exactly a masterpiece, and Sugar n Cream doesn't hold up as well as stone, but... oh well. Pretty soon I'm going to start a set of handtowels for my family, in these colors. The photo's pretty accurate, and it goes with our bathrooms perfectly. I'll keep you posted.
One lonely ball of black cotton, intended for some wristbands. The design I had in mind didn't work out so well, but I'll think of something else.
Finished Blueregard socks, finally. They're been done for a while, but you know me and my fickle ways...